Course Title: Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: GEDU5443

Course Title: Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldine Crowe - teacher


Nominal Hours: 25

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course will be run in conjunction with GEDU 5444 - Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes.

Course Description

The focus of this course is on developing the reading skills required for further education. Its emphasis is on gaining the knowledge to interpret and critically analyse complex texts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU157 Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes


1 Select a range of complex texts for learning purposes


2 Review selected texts for learning purposes


3 Critically interpret a range of texts for learning purposes

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based program

Details of Learning Activities


Class Discussions

Reading Activities

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Outline Key Reading Skills

                Skimming; Scanning; Predicting

Week 2: Word Meaning; Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation; Main Ideas

Week 3: Understanding Detail; Understanding Complex Sentences; Graphs and Tables

Week 4: Inferring; Reading Critically; Topic Sentences

Week 5: Vocabulary Development; Reading Difficult Material

Week 6: Reading Science Article

Week 7: Reading Science Article

Week 8: Reading Science Article

Week 9: Assignments & worksheets to be completed and submitted

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

English dictionary - see teacher for details


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

1. In-class Worksheets 

2. Reading Test 

3. Reading Assignment

Assessment Tasks

In-class Worksheets

Reading Assignments

Assessment Matrix

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